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Major Lee’s Attack on Powle’s Hook

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. August 20.—Yesterday morning, at three o’clock, an attack was made on the British garrison at Powle’s Hook; which, after a faint resistance, surrendered prisoners of war, except Major Sutherland and about fifty of his men, who, under cover of…

General Henry Clinton on the Battle of Paulus Hook

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. General Sir Henry Clinton, in a letter to Lord George Germaine, dated New York, August 21, 1779, says of this action: “On the 19th instant, the garrison of Powle’s Hook being reinforced, Lieutenant-Colonel Buskirk was detached with part of…

Sir Henry Clinton’s Soliloquy

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. Upon his recovery from the phrensy into which he was thrown by the storming of Stony Point. “To fight, or not to fight, that is the question!” Whether ’tis best within1 Manhattan’s isle, Snug to encamp, secure from war’s…